Perth made the Big Bash League powerhouse Sydney Sixers look like the struggling Melbourne Renegades on their way to a hat-trick of victories – yet another significant sign that they are back
The mid-season scorchers surge continued with the biggest scalp of the lot, giving the defending BBL champions their second worst loss with 86 runs before 21608 fans at Optus Stadium

The man of the game, Mitch Marsh (57, not of 27), was at his most brutal to lead the hosts to 4: 183 He scored more than 211 hits, including two sixes and seven fours

Then it was the bowlers’ turn and rolled the Sixers for 97 – their worst total against the Scorchers and the third lowest in their proud history

Andrew Tye (4-20 out of 34 overs) was the bowler’s choice and brought out the peach of the game Steve O’Keefe (16 of 14) was sent off with a toe bang while continuing to build form after a long-term elbow problem

Speedster Jhye Richardson (3-15 of four) took his third three-wicket move in four games, while his colleagues Jason Behrendorff, Marsh and leg spinner Fawad Ahmed took one each

It only took Behrendorff the second time to strike and get rid of dangerous Western Australian Josh Philippe (five out of six), who was badly caught on – you guessed it – Marsh on the first slip

Opener Jack Edwards (44 of 38) produced the only innings of substance after breaking on Jan. had led a life Four of his teammates – James Vince, Jordan Silk, Dan Christian and Lloyd Pope – couldn’t bother the scorers

New Zealand importer Colin Munro (50 of 34 balls) anchored the innings early, but the scorchers didn’t really hit their porters until English opener Jason Roy, who never felt comfortable during his 31-ball 27, pulled out

Marsh and Josh Inglis (20 of 12) produced a 57-run stand with only four overs – 30 of them in the power surge – when the Scorchers hit 84 in the last six overs after Roy’s discharge

In contrast to the win over the Renegades on Sunday, Perth got all four points with a 10-over score of 1-71 13 runs better than the Sixers

A groin injury to Sixers ‘leading wicket taker Ben Dwarshuis, who has 11 scalps in BBL10, threw visitors’ bowling plans into disarray

The dependable left hand drive was sent off after a 12 run over for leg spinner Lloyd Pope (2-13 of 2) who did a good job including Munro’s prized scalp, the third ball of his spell

Marsh is building up well after a slow start to the tournament, collecting 155 runs in his last five strokes and only getting out once

Liam Livingstones (16 of 13) entertaining hit was over before the end of the power game, taking Silk in depth from Steve O’Keefe after beating Jackson Bird at 14 in the previous game

Livingstone has not yet reached the height of its dominant BBL campaign with 66 runs in four hits since leaving quarantine

O’Keefe (2-33 out of four) and Pope were the only ones of the seven Sixers bowlers to take the wickets

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